Usually before the NFL season begins there are a handful of players and teams you just know are going to shimmer under the sun. No matter the angle you twist and turn upon examining, the value of that vibrant object in contrast to the lifeless sand around it seems unmistakable.
As with fool’s gold offering up false hope to an unsuspecting prospector, so too do these miscalculations occur with NFL players and teams. Sometimes that shine, no matter how alluring, is merely a leftover varnish from last year’s performance. Underneath their glossy stats and misleading potential lies a wicked truth which leaves many NFL GMs regretting the day they thought they struck it rich.
These are the players and teams who entered the 2013 season with high hopes and tons of potential, only to show up like unpopped kernels at the bottom of a bag of popcorn through six weeks of action.
Perhaps some need to cook just a little bit longer to bust out of their shells, while others are forever destined to rattle around the bottom of the bag, never to realize their explosive potential.